I was excited to paint this image! This picture seemed special to me, two girls enjoying a calm day by the water. Unlike boldly colored males, the subtle coloring of these females lets them hide in the reeds.
Red-winged Blackbirds, an avian species native to North and Central America, love to spend time in reeds, grassy fields, and meadows. They are a common sight for me in Philadelphia; I see them mostly in the marshes at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, on the banks of the Schuylkill River, and occasionally at Cobbs Creek Park.
This painting is the copy of a photo taken in Newark, Delaware. These birds were found by a drainage pond on the University of Delaware’s campus. It’s amazing what can become habitat in tight spaces! I’ve posted the picture below to illustrate the similarities between the photo and my painting, but I encourage you to check out the original webpage linked above as well.